Monday, October 13, 2008

Ghoulishly Good Times in Wallingford

If you're looking for something to scare the bejeezus out of you this Halloween (other than the economy and the Presidential elections), look no further than the renowned Trail of Terror in Wallingford, CT. People come from all over the region to behold this masterful fright fest of bloody props, strobe lights, animated monsters and 300 costumed actors.

Now in its 14th year, the Trail of Terror started out as a small attraction in the backyard of creator Wayne Barneschi's house. Now, it has moved to a larger location off North Plains Industrial Road to accommodate the expanded staff and scenarios that have been added over the years, including a haunted cathedral, Gotham City, the Good Shepherd Orphanage, Sweeny Todd, and the Santa Claus Workshop. While the size and scope of the Trail has increased, so has its popularity, as evidenced by the hours-long wait in line to enter. Security staff has also been added to protect both the venue and its patrons, and there are 10 EMT's available should the fear factor prove too much.

Another feature added by Barneschi is the ability to by tickets for the Trail online for a particular time, rather than driving a long distance hoping tickets aren't already sold out, as used to be the case. In years past, tickets used to be sold out by 8 or 9pm, even thought the trail was open until midnight. A 4-6 hour wait in line is not unheard of for this popular attraction, so if you're looking for a great time with family or friends, go to the Trail of Terror web site now to purchase your tickets. The cost is $10 per person, or $20 for a speedpass. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross, so you're not only having a screaming good time, you're helping a worthy cause to boot. Hours of operation for the rest of the month are:

Oct 17 -18, 24-25, 30-31: 7pm - 11pm

Oct. 19 & 26: 7pm - 10pm

(Oh, and bring a "screamer" with you...the denizens of the Trail just LOVE screamers!)

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